Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center formerly known as  Project “Honolulu”  is a new local web-based management for your servers, clusters, hyper-converged  infrastructure and Windows  10 PCs.

So starting with deployment, there are several ways, installing locally in your own windows 10 machine, having a dedicated gateway server and directly in on a server cluster you manage.  The gateway service can be installed on 2012,2012 R2, 2016 and 2019.

So you like the idea, but the real question in everyone’s mind “What can we manage?”

You can manage:

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016 and higher

For the 2012 and 2012 R2 you need to  install  WMF5.1 or Higher

As for 2012 r2 and 2016 Hyper-V this 3 steps need to be taken:

  1. Enable Remote Management. ( for 2012R2 first follow the above steps)
  2. Enable File Server Role.
  3. Enable Hyper-V Module for PowerShell.

Three managers

  • Server manager
  • Failover Cluster manager
  • Hyper-Converged Cluster manger

Server Features

  • Displaying resources and resource utilization
  • Certificate Management
  • Event Viewer
  • File Explorer
  • Firewall Management
  • Configuring Local Users and Groups
  • Network Settings
  • Viewing/Ending Processes and Creating Process Dumps
  • Registry Editing
  • Managing Windows Services
  • Enabling/Disabling Roles & Features
  • Managing Hyper-V VMs & Virtual Switches
  • Managing Storage
  • Managing Windows Update
  • Powershell Console
  • RDP

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identity Provider And RBAC which was missing initially in the Project Honolulu, was made available in the Windows Admin Center. Which now comes with RBAC (Role-Based Access Control) and the possibility to use Azure Active Directory as a Identity Provider

You can find more on the Microsoft Docs and for those that want to try it out, is available for Download